Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by ce24fan, Jan 24, 2012.
What trem pedal do you folks think has the best sound for the buck?
Dunno, I guess the Boss TR-2?
I use the stereo panning function in my delay pedal instead.
A buddy gave me a pedal called a Bluebird. I think it sounds pretty great. Not sure who makes it.
The Malekko analog trem sounds really nice and I think it's around $100.
Dano Tuna Melt Tremolo
If you're looking for Trem on the cheap the Boss TR2 sounds good enough.
The latest (from 2005 on) Boss TR-2 sounds good. No volume loss when engaged as the older editions.
To me is the best price/quality offer for a good sounding tremolo on the market.
I agree with this - I actually like it better than some more complicated (and expensive) tremeloes I've used before. Easy to use and small. I think used these are going for $80 or so.
A used Catalinbread Semaphore trem goes for around $130. Incredibly tweakable and musical. Regardless of the bang-for-your-buck aspect, the Semaphore has been my favorite trem hands-down.
Danelectro Cool Cat Trem. $42 Canadian brand spankin new. True by-pass, subtle to full on helicopter chop. Ugly case, but that's ok because to blue led is so blinding, you won't see it anyway Sound quality, indistinguishable from "Botique", just may not have a couple of the options. but come on...$42 bucks!
VFE Old School. I've tried many trems, many of them top tier, and the VFE sounds better than any at $140 new.
Modtone/Rogue/Belcat Tremolo: straight up modern TR2 copy. Quiet and no significant volume loss. On sale for $18 from Music123 if you catch the right time. Solid metal box and true bypass!
I'm really intrigued by the Black Cat Tremolo for 175.
I always plug for the Tremodillo. I use it for more aggressive trem thats more of an effect. Right now I'm having a love affair with the Stigtronics Tremolo. It is a subtle trem and just beautiful. I can literally leave it on all night. Very affordable and übercool.
Garagetone Tremolo... sounds better than the Boss to my ears, has a rate LED for the speed and it's only about $60 new
I have to agree here for a basic Trem. The VFE is very respected and there is also the Nocturne Nail HEad Tremolo that has my attention recently.
+1 on the visual sound trem.
Wiggler .. Tube and very good Vibrato as well as some phase
Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter
Can change wave type
Run in 8th, triplets etc.
+1 on the Tuna Melt. Super cheap and it sounds pretty good although it's not very versatile.
If you want something with more depth, I'd recommend the Empress Trem. You can find used for about $200. It has has tap tempo, it's quiet as a mouse, it sounds excellent with only the slightest loss of tone in the upper frequencies and the only downside is that it has to be powered by an external power supply - no battery.
My vote Emp Trem!